Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
BREAKING NEWZ UPDATE!
Businessman looks at a painted portrait of Bear Stearns CEO James Cayne created by New York artist Geoffrey Raymond, on which people and Bear Stearns employees have written messages to Cayne expressing their anger about the collapse of the investment giant, in front of Bear Stearns headquarters in New York, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Seems like London’s resident mad doctor of street art THE DECAPITATOR feels the same way about Sarah Jessica Parker’s horse face and the impending Sex & The City movie as the rest of us do…
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Following up on the having a car is so 20th century post wagga sent me the following example of Americans changing their driving habits:
As rising gas prices leave drivers with ever-heftier tabs at the pump, Americans have started looking for ways to reduce the drain on their budget. For some, transitioning away from a one-person, one-car lifestyle has proved rewarding.
BTW don't forget to vote on the Laura Richardson foreclosure poll!
In other banal news, my Dr. confirmed I have chemical burns on my elbows.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
memorial day by ~annalavigne
While you're enjoying your BBQ and day off, please take a moment to think about the more than 4000 troops in Iraq who died for...For what exactly?
Think of how many others are seriously crippled, brain-dead, committing suicide and ask yourself FOR WHAT EXACTLY?
FOR WHAT EXACTLY?????!!!!!!!!
For fucking what exactly?!!!!!!!
FOR FUCKING WHAT EXACTLY?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When you find an answer that makes any ethical sense, please feel free to let me know what it might be.
For too long, argues Zakaria, America has taken its many natural assets -- its research universities, free markets and diversity of human talent -- and assumed that they will always compensate for our low savings rate or absence of a health-care system or any strategic plan to improve our competitiveness.
"That was fine in a world when a lot of other countries were not performing," argues Zakaria, but now the best of the rest are running fast, working hard, saving well and thinking long term.
"They have adopted our lessons and are playing our game," he said. If we don't fix our political system and start thinking strategically about how to improve our competitiveness, he added, "the U.S. risks having its unique and advantageous position in the world erode as other countries rise."
When Wagga sent me this article mentioning Fareed Zakaria's “The Post-American World” I was reminded of this recent photo of Obama.
Other than "My Pet Goat" I wonder what Bush has read since he has been in office...
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
With car buying down by close to 33-percent since 1990, Japan is claimed to be in the grips of kuruma banare, which, for Japanese carmakers, is the polar opposite of hakuna matata.
It's being labeled the "demotorization" process, and it involves large numbers of people in Japan's urban centers not buying cars. Surveys have revealed a variety of reasons, from the cost of purchase and ownership, to vehicles simply not being status symbols anymore, to cars being passé -- as in "so 20th century." The greatest worry is that young folks are simply not into cars, preferring cell phones and gadgets to Cubes and keis. Losing their audience before the love affair has even begun is no doubt causing JDM manufacturers to lose sleep.
Excerpted from Is Japan facing a post-car society?
Hat tip to Wagga!
Kimiyuki Suda should be a perfect customer for Japan's carmakers. He's a young (34), successful executive at an Internet-services company in Tokyo and has plenty of disposable income. He used to own Toyota's Hilux Surf, a sport utility vehicle. But now he uses mostly subways and trains. "It's not inconvenient at all," he says. Besides, "having a car is so 20th century."
I think Billary looks like an evil frog.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
According to the WSJ:
The Sacramento home of Rep. Laura Richardson was sold in a public auction two weeks ago for $388,000. The Southern California Democrat bought the house for $535,000 with no money down in January 2007 and owed nearly $575,000 to Washington Mutual when the mortgage was sold earlier this month at a significant loss to Red Rock Mortgage Inc.
Additional details from a recent L.A. Land post from the L.A. Times:
They took a beating," James York, the Sacramento real estate broker who said he bought Richardson's house at a foreclosure auction, told the Daily Breeze.
The Daily Breeze report is based on public documents the newspaper published on its website, and an interview with York. It is at odds with Richardson's statement yesterday, in which the Long Beach Democrat said she had worked out a loan modification with her lender, and would "fulfill all financial obligations" on the property.
The Daily Breeze: "Rep. Laura Richardson lost her Sacramento home in a foreclosure auction two weeks ago, and left behind nearly $9,000 in unpaid property taxes. Richardson, D-Long Beach, appears to have made only a few payments on the house, which she bought in January 2007 for $535,000."
The newspaper's report -- that the house was foreclosed and an auction took place -- appears to conflict with Richardson's statement that the house "is not in foreclosure." (see the entire statement at the bottom of this post). Richardson's office has not responded to a request from L.A. Land for additional information about her mortgage and loan modification. The Daily Breeze reports she declined to be interviewed about the controversy.
The newspaper's report also calls into question Richardson's statement that she had worked out a loan modification with her lender and would fulfill all financial obligations related to the property. The Daily Breeze reports that the house sold for only $388,000, far below the $574,000 that Richardson owed on the property. Further, the Daily Breeze reports that the new owner, York, "assumed responsibility for Richardson's unpaid property tax bill of $8,950.79."
"Tell Laura I'd be happy to have her pay my property tax," he told the newspaper.
Richardson: Delinquent on $8,950 in taxes
Notice of Trustee's Sale
One of Richardson's first votes upon arriving in Congress last fall was on the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007. The bill helped homeowners by preventing the federal government from charging income tax on debt forgiven in a foreclosure, such as the $200,000 forgiven in Richardson's foreclosure.
Joining 385 of her colleagues, Richardson voted aye.
I just don't get it. Why would she lie about something that could be so easily verified? Will she next say that she didn't realize her home was sold in a public auction two weeks ago? I guess we'll find out...
(Disabled due to annoying AARP commercials)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Another hat tip to Wagga for Hello Kitty lollipop condoms and Hello Kitty Zone in general.
A Hello Kitty assault rifle that actually exists
Awhile back we were treated to a hilarious Photoshop job called the HK-47--an assault rifle decorated with images of everybody's favorite nonpornographic, nontentacled Japanese import, Hello Kitty. We were sad to learn that it was, well, Photoshopped.
Hat tip to Mitchell for this one!
Currently watching Frontline and highly annoyed again...
Hat tip to Wagga for this latest Hello Kitty find:
Hello Kitty gets claws into UK electronics
Brand developer Comment Retail Services has signed a deal to bring Hello Kitty into the hands of UK punters by way of mobile phone content and branded electronics, reports licensing.biz.
Hello Kitty is Japanese in origin, but has always been popular in the USA. In the UK the brand already adorns clothing and toys, but not much in the way of electronics, and it's sometimes hard to convey to Europeans just how pervasive the cute cat is in Japan.
Jonathan Ross, the UK TV presenter, even decided to hold his wedding in Hello Kitty land in Japan, a ceremony overseen by an enormous talking tree.
We're looking forward to seeing Hello Kitty phones and MP3 players, though personally we'll pass on the vibrator. Greater presence for the brand will also help answer the long-debated question - which is worse, Hello Kitty or Disney? ®
It's Hello Kitty everywhere!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Just in time for National Dog Bite Prevention Week, I'm heading out to a dog behavior class this evening, but I thought this article was worth posting rather than leaving as a comment link:
So many people have so many things they can no longer afford. This is an excellent time to be a repo man.
When a boat owner defaults on his loan, the bank hires Jeff Henderson to seize its property. The former Army detective tracks the boat down in a backyard or a marina or a garage and hauls it to his storage area and later auctions it off. After nearly 20 years in the repossession business, Mr. Henderson has never been busier.
“I used to take the weak ones,” he said. “Now I’m taking the whole herd.”
More from the NYT's Economic Tide Is Rising for Repo Man
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Must not whatever CAN run its course of all things, have already run along that lane?
Must not whatever CAN happen of all things have already happened, resulted, and gone by?
Thus Spake Zarathustra
And Hello Kitty eternally exists?
Hello Kitty. by =Djabolica
hello hello by `lithiumpicnic
HELLO KITTY by ~tale-like-me
Hello Kitty by ~myzzeriestock
UPDATE: In case you missed it check out The Hello Kitty Bathroom at Edgar's Toilet!
I might be an
Saturday, May 17, 2008
The mastermind behind all the mayhem is this innocent-looking little girl, pictured here talking to her robot servant. She's really a crash-landed alien, and desperately needs negative energy to fill the fuel tank of her spaceship, otherwise she can't return home. (negative energy = pain, fear, guilt and any other bad emotions she can milk out of humans)
More absurd Terror Blu insanity over at The Groovy Age of Horror.
Edgar has discovered yet another bizarre Billary find:
Anyway, my Music to Calm Your Canine Companion CD and related book finally arrived today and it seems to be working! It makes me feel unusually relaxed as well. Here’s a sample of Beethoven / Pathetique Sonata Op. 13 and a complete zipped sample of J.S. Bach / Prelude in C piece.
I would be curious if it sedates anyone else to the degree I've experienced...
If not, I guess I've spent too much time sleeping with dogs.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I do my best thinking on the bus...
The more you drive the less intelligent you are.
Read books and throw Scientology, Tom Cruise and his subprime spawn out the window!
I think I saw a little Pomeranian on the hood of the car...
On this Fishnet Friday Cara Cakes would like to give Edgar Alpo a big hug!
Do you think Cara is aggravating global warming?
Zillow Book features a Fishnet Friday extravaganza!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
"Everything has a picture in it, a sellable picture," Mozert says. "All you got to do is use your imagination." To create bubbles in a champagne flute, he would stick some dry ice or Alka-Seltzer in the glass; to simulate smoke rising from a grill, he used canned condensed milk. "The fat in the milk would cause it to rise, creating ‘smoke' for a long time," he says. With his meticulous production values and surreal vision, Mozert cast Silver Springs in a light perfectly suited to postwar America—part "Leave It to Beaver" and part "The Twilight Zone." His images anchored a national publicity campaign for the springs from the 1940s through the '70s; competing against water-skiing shows, dancing porpoises, leaping whales and hungry alligators, Silver Springs remained one of Florida's premier attractions, the Disney World of its day. Then, in 1971, came Disney World.
The Life Aquatic with Bruce Mozert via otomano
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Olbermann To Bush: "This War Is Not About You...Shut The Hell Up!"
You, Mr. Bush, and your tragically know-it-all minions, threw out every piece of intelligence that suggested there were no such weapons.
You, Mr. Bush, threw out every person who suggested that the sober, contradictory, reality-based intelligence needed to be listened to, fast.
You, Mr. Bush, are responsible for how "intelligence communities all across the world shared the same assessment."
You and the sycophants you dredged up and put behind the most important steering wheel in the world propagated palpable nonsense and shoved it down the throat of every intelligence community across the world and punished anybody who didn't agree it was really chicken salad.
And you, Mr. Bush, threw under the bus, all of the subsequent critics who bravely stepped forward later to point out just how much of a self-fulfilling prophecy you had embraced, and adopted as this country's policy in lieu of, say, common sense.
The fiasco of pre-war intelligence, sir, is your fiasco.
You should build a great statue of yourself turning a deaf ear to the warnings of realists, while you are shown embracing the three-card monte dealers like Richard Perle and Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.
That would be a far more fitting tribute to your legacy, Mr. Bush, than this presidential library you are constructing as a giant fable about your presidency, an edifice you might as claim was built from "Iraqi weapons of mass destruction" because there will be just as many of those inside your presidential library as there were inside Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
Square America: On The Limits Of Memory - About 70 (45 new to the site) optically distorted photos. Dreamy and strange, they are the product of cheap cameras and damaged negatives- no photoshop necessary.
Last month's Smoke series is also worth noting.